Doug Jones represents individual, institutional and corporate clients in complex civil and criminal litigation, with particular concentrations in class actions, securities litigation, white-collar criminal defense, False Claims Act and whistleblower litigation, environmental litigation and employment discrimination matters. His clients have included pension funds and other institutional investors, high-profile corporate officers and political figures, and a variety of business enterprises, among others. Mr. Jones served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama from 1997 until 2001, and joined Haskell Slaughter in 2008 after practicing for several years with a Birmingham litigation specialty firm.
As United States Attorney, Mr. Jones personally led the team of prosecutors and investigators in the re-opened case of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Mr. Jones served as lead trial attorney in the successful prosecutions of two former Ku Klux Klansmen for the murder of four young girls killed in the bombing. He also coordinated the federal and state task force that led to the indictment of notorious fugitive Eric Robert Rudolph, who ultimately pled guilty to four terrorist bombings and is serving a life sentence.
Since returning to private practice, Mr. Jones has represented individual and corporate defendants and targets in high-profile white-collar litigation in both federal and state courts and has represented both individual plaintiffs and plaintiff classes in complex securities and annuities litigation, as well as in other complex litigation and investigation matters. In addition, he was appointed General Special Master in Tolbert v. Monsanto and Pharmacia Corp., a massive environmental clean-up action involving PCBs in the Anniston, Alabama area.
In recognition of his work in the area of civil rights, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute recently awarded Mr. Jones the 15th Anniversary Civil Rights Distinguished Service Award. He served as keynote speaker for the "We the People National Conference" in Washington, D.C. and is a regular presenter across the country at civil rights history workshops, law schools, Inns of Court and Continuing Legal Education seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the International Society of Barristers, the American Association for Justice, Harvard Law School and other associations and institutions. He has been profiled by numerous national publications, and regularly provides legal commentary on local and national media programs such as 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, CNN Headline News and other television and radio programs.
Mr. Jones began his legal career as Staff Counsel to U.S. Senator Howell T. Heflin on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and then served for four years as an Assistant United States Attorney before establishing his private law practice. Active in numerous professional associations, he has been recognized in Alabama Super Lawyers each year since 2008 and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar. He is an alumnus of Leadership Birmingham and was named in 2009 by the Alabama Supreme Court to the Advisory Committee on the Alabama Rules of Evidence. Mr Jones is a member of the Board of Directors of The National Association of Former U. S. Attorneys.
"The Lawyer's Role in the Investigative, Pre-Indictment and Pre-Trial Stages of a Public Corruption Prosecution", American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section/Alabama State Bar, Ethics - Politics - and Public Corruption, 2009
"Justice Delayed, but Not Denied: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Prosecutions", 2009 Nichols Foundation Lecture, Stetson University School of Law
American Bar Association
Alabama State Bar
Birmingham Bar Association
National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys (Member, Board of Directors, 2007 - )
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors, 1993 - 1994)
Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1993 - 1994)
Advisory Committee on the Alabama Rules of Evidence
American Association for Justice
Alabama Association for Justice (Member, Executive Committee, 1995 - 1997, 2001 - ; Member Board of Governors, 1992 - 1994)
American Constitution Society
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice